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Working in the Theatre
An acclaimed fixture on New York television and in the theatre community for 30 years, the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre offers an unprecedented forum for the meeting of theatrical minds.
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This theatre interview show brings together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, the interviews offer a rare opportunity for students and audiences to see and hear the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another. With more than 900 past guests, the interviews have become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.

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Playwright and Director
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Clinton Turner Davis - Director
Herb Gardner - Playwright
Tom Jones - Playwright/Lyricist
Shirley Lauro - Playwright
Richard Maltby Jr. - Lyricist/Director
Marsha Norman - Playwright
Harvey Schmidt - Composer
Jean Dalrymple - Moderator
Brendan Gill - Moderator
Isabelle Stevenson - Host

The panelists - director Clinton Turner Davis (Two Can Play), playwright Herb Gardner (I'm Not Rappaport), playwright/lyricist Tom Jones (The Fantasticks), playwright Shirley Lauro (Open Admissions), lyricist/director Richard Maltby Jr. (Song and Dance), playwright Marsha Norman (Night Mother) and composer Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) - discuss how a playwright chooses a director, the role of a playwright, how much structure is provided by the text, and the varying degrees of collaboration between director, playwright, and actor.

Originally taped - September, 1985
Running Time - 1:30:00

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